Cold ironing, the tariff is missing and Signorini thunders: “Genoa has money to leave, but everything is at a standstill”
“We are the port forward on the so-called cold ironing, that is the electrification of the docks, we have the companies ready to expand the project extending to the passenger part of the port, but we are stopped, despite millions of investments in the contract because for two years we have not there is a tariff, although it has been requested several times and despite the fact that the milleproroghe decree can fix it “.
The president of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea Paolo Emilio Signorini launched an incisive appeal to politics from the stage of the public assembly of Confindustria Genova.
Government funds to push the energy transition are part of the so-called sectoral reforms of the NRP. Genoa has already electrified the dry docks and the main commercial terminal, that of Pra ‘, and has plans to continue with the cruise area both in Genoa and in Savona, but Signorini warns: “This cannot work”.
Last February, a report by Legambiente and Enel X (available here: Green ports. Enel x and Legambiente report) highlighted how to date, the cost of electricity in Italy is higher than the cost of generation using fossil fuels. For this reason, several shipowners are discouraged from resorting to cold ironing. The “Milleproroghe” decree (of 2019) subsequently integrated with the “Simplifications” decree (of 2020), provided for the reduction of excise duties and the elimination of some tariff components for the electricity supply to ships moored in port. The implementation of these provisions will make cold ironing more attractive to shipowners. However, it remains essential that the infrastructures are sized on the demand and actual needs of the vessels.
Also according to the study, the cold ironing qualification of the 39 Italian ports of the Ten-T network would allow each year to avoid the combustion of over 635 thousand tons of marine diesel.